Friday 1st July – Thursday 7th July 2022:
Poor weather and busy schedules meant that we were unable to rearrange our second in-water day from earlier this week. Though this was disappointing, it did open up my schedule to be able to spend some time with my parents. The next few days were jam-packed with a rainy hike and swim at Concord Falls, beaching, scuba diving, hiking the trail around Grand Etang Lake, and running a few small errands in the south. Our evenings were spent either eating out or at the project house with Kate and the new team of leatherback volunteers, heading to a local bar for karaoke night, and a leatherback night survey (during which my parents were lucky enough to see a female laying). In the meantime, the rest of our camping / research supplies arrived on the island, so Kate and Kester (Ocean Spirits Field Manager) travelled down to SGU to collect them and drop off any new blood samples to the lab. This meant that on Tuesday, Kate and I spent the morning organising and packing up the camping / research supplies into totes, with the afternoon then spent in a nest excavation training session with the leatherback volunteers. I joined my parents for one last dinner in the evening, as they were travelling to the south and flying home the next day. On Wednesday, we made it out for another in-water day (5 green turtles and 2 hawksbills), which was then followed by centrifugation of blood samples, as usual. Now that we have our supplies, the plan is to head out to the remote island on Sunday; hence, on Thursday, Kate and I travelled to Grenville (Grenada’s second largest city) to buy plenty of food for the island, with the hope of just having to top up certain items occasionally. When we got back, we sorted and packed the kitchen and food supplies into totes, ready for Sunday!
‘All research activities by Ocean Spirits Inc. are carried out under governmental research permits provided by the Grenada Fisheries Division.’
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Following on from the collaboration project with Ocean Spirits, University of Plymouth, St. Georges University and OMEF, 5 turtles in total have been fitted with
Grenada’s beaches and coastal waters support nesting and foraging aggregations of endangered green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and of critically endangered hawksbills turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). During
Towards the start of 2022 a collaboration was launched between ourselves, Ocean Spirits, University of Plymouth and St George’s University in Grenada was launched. This
Starting in May 2022 we funded a new project with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project (University of the West Indies). OMEF is supporting the 24hour